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St. Charles swing, jazz event set for October

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:31 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A music- and dance-filled event benefiting local groups will be held this fall in downtown St. Charles.

The fourth annual Rhythm on the River will be held Oct. 19 on South Riverside Drive between Main and Walnut Streets and inside the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., in St. Charles. While the event has featured a bluegrass concert for its previous three outings, the style of music this year will be swing and jazz for an overall 1930s theme, according to a news release.

“We have structured this entire event to bring some excitement and fun to downtown St. Charles while also providing some of the best jazz in the country,” wrote Robert Brown of the St. Charles Rotary in the release.

The day starts off at noon Oct. 19 with a 1930s antique automobile show as well as high-energy, true 1930s swing-dancing demos by ­TriCity Swing. There will be live 1930s music during these outdoor events until the Arcada Theatre portion begins at 3:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear period dress.

The performers inside Arcada include gypsy jazz band Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan. The group is one of the premier examples of gypsy jazz music, which grew out of the Paris club scene in the 1930s based on the unique guitar sound of Django Reinhardt, according to the release.

The event will also feature Fat Babies, which is a group that plays 1920s and 1930s music. The performances will begin at 3:30 p.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. Select downtown St. Charles restaurants will offer dinner specials to those who show their Rhythm on the River ticket stubs, according to the release.

Tickets will be $30 for adults and $25 for children. The event is a fundraiser for the St. Charles Rotary and the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles.

“This should be a great event for the entire community,” Richard Southorn, event chairman and River Corridor Foundation member, wrote in the release. “We have attempted to model this after the highly successful Jazz Lawn Events in New York City and make it an annual tradition of bringing new forms of music and entertainment to St. Charles.”

Know more

Rhythm on the River will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in downtown St. Charles. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 630-584-8836.

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